While a handful of talented pitchers remain unsigned, sitting in free agency, questions have loomed as to why Matt Garza is one of them.
Fellow unsigned pitchers like Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana have not only requested ludicrous contractual figures but also come with draft pick compensation attached given their former teams hit them with qualifying offers.
Garza however was not given a qualifying offer by the Texas Rangers, meaning any team who signs the veteran arm won’t be forced to forfeit a future draft pick. So what’s the hold up? Apparently, health.
Per Nick Carfado:
“There may be concerns about him physically,” said one AL executive. “I think most teams are thinking four or five years is just too risky, even if he’s a no-compensation guy.”
Garza wasn’t exactly impressive after a mid-season trade to the Rangers last season, which is why there could be concerns about a looming injury.
Regardless, Garza has no incentive to sign right now as he (among others) are waiting for fellow free agent Masahiro Tanaka to set the pitching market.